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originally posted by: Melbourne_Militia
I heard, thou not confirmed, that it was "Maverick" recreating the infamous "Bird" scene on the production of Top Gun 2, with the Sukhoi Su-27 when something went wrong.....no details have been released because of confidentiality clauses with the filming of the movie......
Mission data files, which comprise MDLs, are essential to
enable F-35 mission systems to function properly. Block 3F
upgrades to the U.S. Reprogramming Laboratory (USRL) –
where mission data files are developed, tested and validated
for operational use – are late to meet the needs for Block
3F production aircraft and IOT&E. These upgrades to the
Block 3F configuration, including the associated mission
data file generation tools, are necessary to enable the USRL
to begin Block 3F mission data file development. In spite
of the importance of the mission data to both IOT&E and
to combat, the Program Office and Lockheed Martin have
failed to manage, contract, and deliver the necessary USRL
upgrades to the point that fully validated Block 3F MDLs
will not be ready for IOT&E until June 2018, at the earliest.
originally posted by: aholic
"Do you not think they would do that on the ground, you dont need to involve laws of gravity and aerodynamics to test that. "
The rumors I've heard (so-called) involved a ground radar station that needed to have an attack profile flown against it. And a pilot to execute extreme maneuvers in a foreign aircraft to test specific EW capabilities in that flight envelope.
Again rumors. Zaph is right, we are all hearing a dozen stories but for some reason I'm leaning towards this one. We have guys fly against our own systems all the time. It's why we kept the F-117 around all these years....until now.
Many folks are saying it might not be a Suk afterall but an F-117. And I would not have a hard time believing that too. We just canned the Type 1000 Storage. Whatever relation? Likely not.
originally posted by: sqd5driver
Easier still - We have trillions of dollars that are unaccounted for. One person in a position to do so could easily move files to a less secure storage device and "lose" it, then enjoy a comfortable retirement. China isn't the only nation good at stealing stuff.
Still... the way this has all been reported, it wreaks of something else.